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2016 election campaigns gobble over US$11Million, PF spent US$6 Million

Headlines 2016 election campaigns gobble over US$11Million, PF spent US$6 Million

ZEIC Council of Elders during the launch of the Pre-Election Report
ZEIC Council of Elders during the launch of the Pre-Election Report

Estimates have shown that political parties spent over US$11 million on financing their campaigns with the PF splashing a whooping US$6 million as at July 2016.

The UPND was second having spent approximately under US$5 million to run its campaigns.

The funds were spent on funding the cost of campaign materials, staging of campaign rallies and the administrative costs that go with organising campaign activities.

This is according to calculations by the Zambia Elections Information Centre which has been tracking campaign financing since official campaigns commenced.

“Due to the closed nature of the campaign framework, Zambia has not been able to adequately track monies expended by political parties during elections. It is therefore not possible to benchmark the current party financing against any past expenditure,” the pre-election statement from ZEIC read.

And on media coverage, the ZEIC says pre-election reporting was heavily influenced by the ‘ownership’ patterns of media outlets.

“Media reports were found to favour the political preferences of the owners. The public media especially was cited to be very biased in favour of the ruling party. The MISA Zambia report notes that, in the State-owned, public media, at least 60% of explicitly positive coverage of elections stories was reserved for the governing PF and its officials. The main opposition UPND only received 47% of the coverage in the public media,” it said.

It notes that the action taken by the tax authorities on The Post raised a number of questions as it happened during the elections campaign period when there was the greatest need for multiple sources of information for the electorate.

“However, the privately-owned and controlled media gave a much higher positive coverage to the UPND at almost 39.5% in elections-related stories compared to the PF which received 29.2% positive coverage. Conversely, the PF had more negative stories at almost 33% compared to the UPND which scored a near 27% negative score.”

PF,UPND,MMD and FDD campaign materials symbolising unity along Umodzi Highway in Chipata
PF,UPND,MMD and FDD campaign materials symbolising unity along Umodzi Highway in Chipata

ZEIC Elders at Raddison Blu
ZEIC Elders at Raddison Blu

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  1. I am sure half of the money PF used is government money…. we heard the phone conservation between Chama and Chikwanda.

    Vote HH&GBM

    • @1 Qwela.. the phone conversation did not show that Chikwanda and Chama were talking about Government money! If some one is a Finance Minister, does not mean that the only money he can talk about is government money! Chikwanda has business,associates and had raised money for PF when it was in opposition so bane …let us be careful with what we conclude. This is what leads to mere witch hunting just to want to prove one self that their perceived enemy is as bad they wish to paint them to the public- even when there is nothing wrong to prove!

    • $6 million? When Kabimba left empty a year ago? How much came from Chikwanda alone? Did all minister salaries go for campaigns? Regardless, cheap UPND gathered more ground than constantly capsizing PF boats.

    • Chakolwa has been running a kleptocracy. This fact is now confirmed by the Constitutional Court. PF is a criminal enterprise. Chakolwa himself amassed K23m in one year of being President. Chakolwa and PF have pillaged national resources. These criminals should die in Chimbokaila after tomorrow. I think death by firing squad is the minimum for these saboteurs.

    • But Tumfweko site is predicting different results. Pipos, what is happening? Are we losing for the 6th time?

    • Of course they used government money. Is Chikwanda the party treasurer? Why wasn’t chi Chama not talking to the party treasurer?

    • Chakolwa is going back to the shambles of Chawama bars. Paradise is coming on earth under the able leadership of HH AND THE UPND.

    • ZAMBIANS, LETS UNITE, IF TELEPHONE NETWORKS WILL SUSPEND THEIR SERVICES DURING THIS PERIOD, lets all VERY ACTIVELY STOP SUBSCRIBING & MOVE TO OTHER NETWORKS!!
      THIS IS BECOZ THEY CHOOSE TO CONNIVE WITH CHAGWA THE DRUNK, so like LEECHES OR MOSQUITOES WHO ONLY WANT TO SUCK OUR BLOOD, by TAKING OUR HARD-EARNED MONEY, let them follow Chagwa & PERHAPS HE CAN GIVE THEM SOME OF HIS LOOT!!! LETS SEND THESE NETWORKS SUCH AS AIRTEL PACKING!! WE DON’T NEED AIRTEL!!!!!

      PamaFikuyabebele!!!!!

      VOTE WISELY 11/8/2016!! VOTE ZAMBIA FORWARD!! VOTE UPND FOR A UNITED & RESURGENT ZAMBIA!!

      #Chagwamustfall!! #PamaFikuyabebele!!

      I thank you!!

    • UPND carders kusabaila sabaila. Edgar is going nowhere. PF is winning in first round. Just start preparing your petition where you will spend more money. PF and Edgar have sold themselves very well to all well meaning zambians. For HH this will most likely be his last attempt .

  2. This will be the most closely observed election by both internal and external monitors, this can only be good for our fledgling democracy. All things being equal (cetaris paribas) and by God’s grace, we will usher in a new government this Thursday that will grapple to contain the shockingly bloated external and internal debt burden incurred and left by the outgoing PF regime.

    • We should have death by firing squad for economic saboteurs like Chakolwa and his minions. PF has been a criminal enterprise.

  3. Every ngwee the PF spent is worth it. We are winning tomorrow and His Excellency Edgar C Lungu will preside over our nation until 2021 while Under-5 nincompups will be fighting for leadership of UPND.

    UPND, how can you justify spending $5 million when your Vice President Canicius doesn’t even have a roof over his head?

    How selfish and greedy is Hap Hazard Kaponya (HH)? Trying to get to State House by all means. Good luck paying back the Cartel, Dipak Hindustans, Gay Scott Boer thugs and mercenaries.

  4. ALAS THE DAY OF RECKONING IS FINALLY HERE. THE PF OUT SPENT EVERYONE USING PUBLIC FUNDS. NOT TO MENTION THE ILLEGALLY PAID SALARIES AND ALLOWANCES THAT WERE GIVEN TO MINISTERS OF WHICH A LARGE PART WAS USED FOR CAMPAIGN PURPOSES. WE ALL HEADED THE CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN CHAMA AND CHIKWANDA. NOW THE PEOPLE WILL FINALLY HAVE THE FINAL SAY.
    NEVER AGAIN SHOULD CORRUPTION AND LAWLESSNESS BE ALLOWED TO GOVERN OUR COUNTRY. ITS TIME FOR ZAMBIANS TO STAND UP WITH ONE VOICE AND LET PF KNOW WHO HAS THE POWER. NEVER AGAIN SHOULD CADRES RUNNING OUR BUS STOPS OR TERRORIZE OUR CITIZENS. PEOPLE LETS SEND THIS CADRE CONTROLLED GOVERNMENT OUT.
    CHIBE CHIBE LUNGU ALEYA.
    RAIN NO RAIN PF MUST BE VOTED OUT!!!!

  5. Where did all this money come from?

    Can the Zambia Revenue Authority please ask the concerned Parties to submit to an audit so that Zambians can be assured that these huge amounts are not the proceeds of crime and corruption?

    Or are they too busy persecuting the Post Newspaper on orders of Lungu?

  6. While pf was busy hosting fundraising programs Upnd on the other hand was busy striking deals with their funders to loot our economy for free as a payment. Honestly speaking who in Upnd can just put his money on a losing card hh If not the foreign looters.

  7. Chama: 30, 30, 30, 30 for each province, 140 for our strongholds
    Chikwanda: *laughes* these idiiots must give us another mandate, tax money is good, waishiba?

    VOTE WISELY Zambians, or this shiit will continue!

  8. The die is cast! By 03 00hrs, I will be in my lovely country Zambia and proceed straight to the Home of Abundance Mufulira where I registered as a voter!!!! Kachofa Stadium Polling station….here I come! By Saturday I will be celebrating PF sweet victory! Chikokoshimwana bayama….udi uko!!!

  9. Honestly where would PF empty tins raise the money from …apart from kickbacks from Chinese on those overpriced contracts and ministry of Finance?

  10. ZIEC the report is an estimate and not the correct figure and is not true looking at the period of elections and the velocity in those 11 Million USD millions the Figures are not vouched and an overestimate of the lower costs

    ZIEC rather our major focus should have rather have been on educating and disseminating information as to when is the elections voting day who is being voted for by what electoral voting system how does that differ with referendum who is eligible to votes comparative data on elections and voters roll statistics how is the gender balance and who is who female amongst the candidate list A little guidance on what the…

  11. electoral commission is supposed to being acting on and their limitations Can those outside the country be eligible to vote if yes by what method and technology discussion of right s of disabilities to vote where and which is the election media for proper confirmation of media centre where is counting tabulation and retabulation supposed to be done and by who and what rights of people who are accredited and observe the elections when will the official results be expected and handling of elections disputes to be handled is the security assured for the elections Is the election authority able to track online happens of the voting at elections centres

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